Treatment Individualization: Pivotal Response Training and Discrete Trial Training [BCBA Session] (#5908)

Saturday, July 28, 2012: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Golden Ballroom (Town and Country Resort and Convention Center)
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Autism treatment individualization research is important due to the well-documented variability in outcome. However, little research supports specific methods for tailoring treatments to individual children. We compared the relative effectiveness of Discrete Trial Training and Pivotal Response Training, to identify methods for selecting interventions based on skill area and child characteristics. All participants learned new skills in both treatments, but treatment superiority varied both by child and skill area. Avoidance and early learning rates were related to treatment response.

Allison B. Jobin, M.A., BCBA
Graduate Student Researcher
University of California, San Diego and the Kids Institute for Development and Advancement (KiDA)
Allison Jobin, M.A., BCBA, is a doctoral candidate in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego. She also recently joined the Kids Institute for Development and Advancement in Irvine, CA. Allisonís research is focused on investigating methods of treatment individualization for children with autism.

Laura Schreibman, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor
University of California, San Diego
Laura Schreibman, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego where she has been on the faculty since 1983. She currently directs the UCSD Autism Intervention Research Program, a federally funded research program focusing on the experimental analysis and treatment of autism.

Aubyn Stahmer, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Research Scientist
Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego
Aubyn Stahmer, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is a research scientist at the University of California, San Diego and Rady Childrenís Hospital, San Diego, as well as the research director at the Autism Discovery Institute. She is a principle investigator on multiple federally-funded grants on topics including classroom evidence-based practice and early intervention.